Drift Fishing Joppa Flats

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This is the presentation I developed for the local fishing members of Carlisle, MA. Presented at the Union Hall, March 25th, 2010. I helped the attendees get a glipse of the resource that's …

This is the presentation I developed for the local fishing members of Carlisle, MA. Presented at the Union Hall, March 25th, 2010. I helped the attendees get a glipse of the resource that's available locally and tips on how to land the big one.

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  • 1. Drift Fishing Joppa Flats with Dan LeBlanc Newburyport, MA
  • 2. Joppa Flats
    • About me…
    • 90% of my fishing season is for
    • striped bass
    • I started drift fishing Joppa Flats in 1996
    • Commercial Hook & Line Fisherman since 1998 (off and on)
  • 3. Joppa Flats
    • We fish from early June until late October
    • We fish…
    • 100% with live eel
    • 100% of the time we drift
    • 99.5% at night
    • Why you ask?
    Bob’s 43 incher
  • 4. Joppa Flats
    • Why Nights?...
    • Stripers migrate into the shallows at night
    • Stripers feed more aggressively at night
    • Fishing and boating pressure is greatly reduced at night
    Twin 38’s
  • 5. Joppa Flats
    • Why Drift?...
    • Fish Swim, didn’t you know that?
    • Drift fishing allows us to cover more ground
    • Drifting will out produce boats at anchor 10:1 MINIMUM !!
    36” & 38” Joppa Fish
  • 6. Joppa Flats
    • Stripers LOVE eels !!
    One of my secret stashes …
  • 7. Joppa Flats
    • Rigging eels…
    • Move very slowwwly !!
    • Hook them as close to the nose as feasible
    • Put them in the water as soon as they’re rigged
    • 30lb leader, 4/0 Gamagatsu Octopus Hooks
    • Ice
    38 lbs
  • 8. Joppa Flats
    • My boat… “Ruff Stuff”
  • 9. Joppa Flats
    • The truth about Striped Bass…
    • Stripers are not generally leader shy
    • Stripers don’t fear boat lights
    • Stripers react to noise
    • Stripers are opportunistic & habitual feeding machines
    2006 Striper Tournament & a very happy crew !
  • 10. Joppa Flats
    • Successful night fishing begins with…
    • Daytime scouting at low tide
    • Boating navigation skills and instrumentation
    • Familiarity with land lights
    • A maintained boat
    Joppa Flats from the satellite
  • 11. Joppa Flats
    • Access areas
    • Boat
    • Shore
    • locations to
    • try…
  • 12. Joppa Flats
    • Drift Fishing…
    • Looking for sand & structure
    • Reading the water
    • Listen for popping sounds, birds, etc.
    • If there’s no action
    • MOVE !!
    Tom’s first keeper - 36lbs
  • 13. Joppa Flats
    • Drift Fishing…
    • Become familiar with
    • Buoy lights
    • Landmarks
    • Streetlights
    • and buildings
    Another big fish !!
  • 14. Joppa Flats
    • Drift Fishing…
    • Water depths range from 7 ft to less than 1 ft
    • You will hit bottom !!
    • Vary the speeds
    • Play it safe if you’re not sure
    Hum’s big fish !!
  • 15. Joppa Flats
    • Drift Fishing…
    • Fishing the flats is always a race against time & tide
    • Play the winds
    • Make note of holes, grass, moorings, inlets, contours, etc.
    • Water temperatures
    Young’s first striper
  • 16. Joppa Flats
    • Gear…
    • 6 -7 foot rod, medium action
    • 12 – 15 lb test line
    • 30 lb mono shock leader
    • Gamagatsu baby !! 4/0
    • Penn 5500/4500 or equiv.
    • Large net
    • Small Flashlights
    Hum & Andy with 3 beauties
  • 17. Joppa Flats
    • Boat Drift Techniques…
    • Position the boat to move with the current
    • Electric motor to maintain direction
    • Bow fisherman casts to 1 and 11 O’Clock
    • Stern trolls 1 or 2 lines while casting to either side
    • Slow retrieve, pickup at 4 and 8 O’Clock
  • 18. Joppa Flats
    • Useful Tools…
    • GPS with tracking on
    • VHF Radio
    • Cell phone
    • Pliers/snips, knifes and hookouts
    • Snacks & Water
    Bad picture… Nice Fish !!
  • 19. Joppa Flats
    • Never stop learning…
    • Fish with other people or hire charters to learn!
    • Log your fishing trips!
    • If others are catching and you’re not, try something new!
    • Information sources
    • Twitter: @surfland
    • www.NewEnglandFishing.net
    • On the Water Magazine and their online reports
    • The Fisherman magazine
    • Etc, Etc, Etc
    • And ABOVE ALL visit local bait shops and get to know them!
  • 20. Questions ?? Drift Fishing Joppa Flats